Cyber Wellness (CW) refers to the positive well-being of Internet users. It involves an understanding of online behaviour and awareness of how to protect oneself in cyberspace. The aim of the GESS CW programme is to develop gessians into discerning and responsible ICT users who are able to protect themselves, and be responsible for their well-being in the cyberspace.
The school adopts MOE’s CW Framework, which focuses on three key processes:
Our CW curriculum is tailored such that it allows students to translate their understanding into actions that will keep them safe while online. On top of CW lessons delivered as part of the GESS Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) curriculum, other platforms are provided for students to enhance their CW knowledge.
All gessians attend assembly talks that teach them how to stay safe in cyber-world. Topics covered include socializing on social media platforms, fake news, copyright issues, cyber-gaming, Internet addiction, cyber-bullying and cyber-relationships. In 2019, our Upper Secondary students had attended a talk on Mobile Security conducted by a team of Singapore Polytechnic students while our Lower Secondary students watched a skit on Cyber Security.
Positive Peer Advocacy through class ICT representatives
Each class in GESS has 1-2 ICT Representatives, who lead the class in discussions about various cyberwellness issues during CCE lessons. The topic of the ICT Representatives’ sharing in 2019 was on the consequences of excessive internet usage. They also tapped on their own experience to share possible strategies to overcome internet addiction.